Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Black spot funding targets state’s deadliest crash sites

Queensland is set to receive $21.7 million under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program to fund the improvement of 38 dangerous crash sites in 2023-24.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown said it had been a devastating 12 months in Queensland, with 282 people dying on the state’s roads.

These 38 Black Spot projects will make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Queensland’s roads, and build on previous investments in the state, she said.

“The projects include works on roads such as the corner of Bumstead Road and Julie Street in Crestmead, which has had 11 crashes between 2017-21 which led to injuries. The $908,000 of funding provided to Logan City Council aims to eliminate the risk of crashes at the intersection,” the Minister said.

“In Inala, Brisbane City Council nominated Inala Avenue and Kittyhawk Avenue for a range of works to increase the safety of the intersection for all road users. The intersection was nominated as it had recorded seven crashes causing injuries in 2017-21.”

Federal Member for Blair and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel, Shayne Neumann said the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics had found that Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30% on average.

“My community in Blair will benefit from safety improvements to roads across our neighbourhoods. This includes the intersection at Robertson Road and Whitehill Road in Eastern Heights, where 12 crashes causing injury were recorded between 2017 and 2021. Thanks to Black Spot Program funding, a central median will be installed on Robertson Road to prevent right turning movements,” Mr Neumann said.

Black Spot Consultative Panels provide the opportunity for stakeholders to have a say in the project selection process, and ensure that nominations of the highest priority and importance to the local community are recommended for approval.

The panel that reviews priorities for the program in Queensland includes representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Local Government Association of Queensland, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Queensland Trucking Association, Bicycle Queensland, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (Queensland University of Technology), Traffic Management Association of Australia, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

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